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  • Summary: Strap on your Guitar Hero SG controller, plug-in, and CRANK IT UP. Guitar Hero creates all the sensations of being a rock star, as you rock out to 30 of the greatest rock anthems of all time and more. Soundtrack includes songs as made famous by such legendary artists as the Red Hot ChiliStrap on your Guitar Hero SG controller, plug-in, and CRANK IT UP. Guitar Hero creates all the sensations of being a rock star, as you rock out to 30 of the greatest rock anthems of all time and more. Soundtrack includes songs as made famous by such legendary artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Boston, Sum 41, Ozzy Osbourne, Audioslave, White Zombie, Franz Ferdinand, and The Ramones. So kiss that air guitar goodbye and get ready to rock. Features over 30 of the greatest rock songs of all-time. 4 difficulty levels (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert). 6 venues that range from basement parties to sold out stadiums. 8 different characters that each offer their own look and unique style of playing, from metal head to classic rocker. Two-player mode that offers tons of multiplayer fun. [Red Octane] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. 100
    Truth be told, 1UP recently held a group "review" session that lasted late into the night. After a few beers, some leaps off the couch, about 8 renditions of Boston, countless moments of faux-rockstar posturing, and actually stomping so hard that we broke the disc during the thundering finale of "Take Me Out," everyone seemed to agree on a score for Guitar Hero... But our scale only goes up to 10.
  2. It’s a simple idea, but the best ones always are.
  3. Replicating the playing of an actual guitar was no easy task, but Harmonix pulled it off with flying colors.
  4. 90
    One of the purest forms of fun in gaming today. Unless your music tastes lay elsewhere this is something that should be in every PS2 owner’s collection.
  5. 90
    Besides the enormous song library, you get an incredibly fun controller that helps make you feel like you're really rocking the Casbah to a sold-out audience.
  6. With simple yet addictive gameplay, a unique input device, above-average visuals for the genre, and a carefully crafted aural component, Guitar Hero’s hefty MSRP is the only obstacle in recommending this game straight out.
  7. I can see me playing this game again and again, because it's not just about nailing each song once, but really thrashing through the chords.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 5 out of 87
  1. EdwardC.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    This game kicks ass. Soooo much fun! You will play it till your fingers bleed.
  2. John
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    Wow. this is the most fun game ive played in a very long time. for those of you that have played guitar freaks, its WAY better than that. theWow. this is the most fun game ive played in a very long time. for those of you that have played guitar freaks, its WAY better than that. the chords actually sound like chords, the hammer-ons and pull offs are awesome and work really good once you get the hang of it. and i didnt think i was gonna care about the models and stuff like that in the background but its actually pretty cool seeing them go nuts in star mode and the crowd reactions. the one negative point (although personally, i dont even think its a negative but some might) is that its gonna take a while for some people to get the hang of it. hopefully, they'll stick with it because this is definatly a game where the better you get, the more fun it is. the controller, unlike the other red octane controllers, is built solid and its much more responsive than even the konami controller. very well made and only makes this game more fun to play. you wont be disappointed if youre a fan of the genre and those who arent should try it anyways. its just way too much fun! Expand
  3. CaioK.
    Sep 28, 2007
    10
    Very creative and very fun to play! No matter if you are a real guitar player or someone who never touched an musical instrument before, you Very creative and very fun to play! No matter if you are a real guitar player or someone who never touched an musical instrument before, you going to love this game! The song selection is awesome! The kind of game that brings anyone Expand
  4. JonDoucette
    Dec 1, 2005
    10
    i havent even played this game but i had to comment just because i read Dan R.'s comment... hahahahaahahahaha that was the funniest thingi havent even played this game but i had to comment just because i read Dan R.'s comment... hahahahaahahahaha that was the funniest thing in the world. u sound so stupid that i thought you were being sarcastic. uve never heard of black sabbath(but uve heard of ozzy i'll guess) o and queen. they have some of the most played anthems of all time and jimi hendrix, hees the greatest guitarist ever. Rap isnt all that bad but dude u gotta get out of your house and notice that people other then MTV exist because MTV and only MTV is a POP music Channel not GOOD music channel a POP music channel this means its popular by people who want to be popular. and just to let u know unlike rap, rock music is written by people and is hard to get to be perfect unlike rap where 1 out of 3 rappers are considered the best. Expand
  5. JordanG.
    May 1, 2006
    10
    Guitar hero is a sleek inovative look on party games. The two player head on head mode is so fun your friend won't want to go home.The Guitar hero is a sleek inovative look on party games. The two player head on head mode is so fun your friend won't want to go home.The two player isn't the only good part of Guitar Hero the single player is also so addictive you wont want to stop until you get every player, every song, and every guitar.since the first DDR came a game has not been so addictive and good that it wont let you put it down. guitar hero is by far the best party game ever. I cant wait till Guitar Hero 2 comes out so i can keep on rockin! Expand
  6. RandyM.
    Aug 13, 2006
    10
    Guitar Hero is simply hands-down, one of the funnest games i've had the honor to play. This game makes me feel like a rock star. A must Guitar Hero is simply hands-down, one of the funnest games i've had the honor to play. This game makes me feel like a rock star. A must have for anyone, Guitar veterans or not. Expand
  7. DanR.
    Nov 20, 2005
    0
    This is probably the stupidest game ever made. No one in their right minds would actually play it. First of all, you have to use a cheap This is probably the stupidest game ever made. No one in their right minds would actually play it. First of all, you have to use a cheap plastic guitar instead of a real controller. Playing the game isn't fun at all. Unlike other games, there is no ability to free-roam any kind of environment, shoot anyone in the face, engage in hours and hours of pointless random battles, and it doesn't even use a leveling up system to replace actual variety in gameplay, all you do is play rock songs on guitar like a retard. Which brings me to my next point, the songs. No one likes these songs. Some of them are like 10 years old or more. Everyone knows that if it isn't on MTV right now, it's not good music. Shame on these people. There isn't even any rap on there, which is the most popular genre of music in the history of the world. If they wanted people to actually buy the game, they'd have a lot of rap, and the new Gwen Stefani song. Instead, it's all like lame guitar music from losers I've never heard of like Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Ramones... I guess those people are all new and not very popular or something, and I don't like them because they don't have any top 40 hits right now... probably because they are homosexual retards. If you're cool and like actual MUSIC (the kind without dumb guitars), don't even think of getting this game, don't give these posers any of your money. I'll be playing GTA rip-off #385 instead, and so should you.[ED- they say sarcasm is a lost art...] Expand

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